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Graham, Billy (b. 1918)

  1. Will Williams

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0606

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Williams, W. 2011. Graham, Billy (b. 1918). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Evangelist and Southern Baptist minister, William Franklin “Billy” Graham has preached in person to more people than anyone else in history. Born near Charlotte, North Carolina, Graham enjoyed a rural childhood on a dairy farm, with his religious interests developing only after his conversion at a 1934 revival led by Mordecai Ham. In 1939 he became an ordained Southern Baptist minister. He graduated from Florida Bible Institute and later Wheaton College, marrying fellow Wheaton student Ruth McCue Bell, the daughter of medical missionaries to China.


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